Living with Seasonal Affective Disorder

I’ve mentioned before and, if you follow me on social media, you’ve probably seen me mention my seasonal affective disorder (SAD) once again rearing it’s head as we head into autumn. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. Generally speaking, it is more common in the autumn/winter and less likely to occur in the spring and summer months. Symptoms can include...

I Can’t Remember My Childhood

Something happened to me, as a child, that deeply affected me. Although I knew at the time what was happening was wrong, I was too scared and ashamed to talk to anybody about it, and it wasn’t until over a decade later that I found the courage to speak up, to speak out and to go to the police. It took so much strength to report what happened to me....

Why I Don’t Feel Comfortable with Cancel Culture

Last week, amongst the outpouring of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, social media was also awash with posts about influencers who had previously posted content which went against everything they were posting about online against racism. In fact, their past tweets, blog posts and comments were themselves racist in nature. Let me start by saying that in no way do I condone racism. I don’t know how it...

How to Change Your Life

Collaborative Contributed Post  A pandemic is the perfect time to sit back and evaluate what you want from life. Sure, being stuck inside in lockdown because of Covid-19 sucks, but it’s still a time for many where life has pressed pause, which means that if you want to make changes it’s now. It doesn’t matter what the change is that you want to make, do your best to see it...

Home Learning During Lockdown

•Features some gifted items• This week marks the beginning of the children’s Easter break from school, but it won’t be the same as previous years as their school has already been closed to the majority of students, apart from the children of key workers, for the past couple of weeks. As well as working from home ourselves, Ed and I have also been attempting to teach the children using a...

How Flexible Working Allowed Me to Return to Work

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about how I wanted to go back to work, but that it didn’t make financial sense for me to do so. Following the birth of my youngest son, I just couldn’t afford to pay for the nursery fees it would incur to return to my previous job as an event coordinator at a local hotel, even part time. I made the...

Why We Need to Stop Talking Down to Older People

I am ashamed to say that, until last year, discrimination towards older people was something that I hadn’t really put much thought into. It wasn’t something that really affected me personally, as a woman approaching her thirties, and I just really didn’t have much experience of it directly. Then, whilst away in Somerset with my family, I happened to come across an older gentleman who had fallen off the pavement...